DESCRIPTION Digital Cane Procurement System or e-Purjee, is a joint initiative oof Access to Information (A2I) Programme at the Bangladeshi Prime Minister's Office and the Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC). The project is expected to be beneﬁt the sugarcane growers residing in the rural areas of Bangladesh.
'Purjee' is a legal permit for the sugarcane growers given by the sugar mill, which help them to supply their crops and receive payment against it. Through this SMS-based service, the two hundred years old system of Purjee distribution is experiencing a technological renaissance. An instant SMS notiﬁcation ensures to a grower that his Purjee has been issued and that he may start preparing his harvest to supply at the mills. In case of emergency, the notifying system is also very efficient, cost and time effective.
EVALUATION Since the British era, the sugarcane growers in Bangladesh are issued a Purjee or a legal order which conﬁrms that their sugarcanes will be bought by the sugar mill. The growers are given three days within which they need to deliver the crops to the mills. This process was ﬂawed from the beginning and fraught with corrupt practices. The validity of the order started from the moment it was issued, but it could often take more than two days to reach the farmer it had been issued to. In such cases the farmers could not get the necessary time for preparing and reaching at the mills in time.
However, the new e-Purjee system has solved several of these problems. Text messages are sent from authorized mills to the listed growers' mobile phones, notifying them about the Purjee and also other relevant information, like when to deliver the crops, the quantity of the crops and so forth.
Original Title Digital Cane Procurement System (e-Purjee)
Producer Bangladesh Sugar And Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC)